Lifeissues is mainly concerned with publishing thoughtful articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae. However, from the very beginning, we have also published a few related homilies, notably by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
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If we ask ourselves "How are we to live in the footsteps of Jesus?," the answer is simple: "Live the two greatest commandments." Everything else is commentary.
There are stories told about St. John the Evangelist who was said to have spent his last years as an old man in the island of Patmos. He was asked, " Why do you keep writing and talking about love?" His answer was, "Is there anything else more important?" Indeed, "Ubi caritas, ibi Deus." Where there is love there is God for God is love (1John 4: 7ff.)
It has been said that character is what you do when no one is looking. That’s what I thought of when I read this verse of the gospel that speaks of being faithful in small matters, when no one is looking. And no one is looking, because they are small matters, and people generally interested in the big things. But one’s true character is revealed in the small things.
All we have to do is carefully observe small children and learn again who we once were: innocent at first, sullied then by worldly interests and finally scandalized by the behavior of adults eroding away our simplicity and innocence. Then they, our children, became us. The gift of children returns to every generation a child who is father to the man and mother to the woman - if we choose to be more like our children, unattached from soulless possessions, sympathetic to the needs of others, comforting, merciful, peaceful and courageous witnesses to the Faith.
Choosing our leaders is a major event. A democracy means that the people govern themselves by electing good leaders, who share their values. The survival of a democracy is never guaranteed. It is always a work in progress. A democracy can be strengthened, and it can be weakened.